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guest. a top adviser, david axelrod. but it looks like our poll, 67% said romney won the debate. only 25% said the president won the debate. and look so many more people thought that they were going to vote for romney as a result of this debate as opposed to the president. these are good numbers for romney. not such good numbers for the president. >> right, wolf. david axle rod, senior adviser to the campaign. what happened? >> i don't think you can measure these debates on instant polls. >> let's measure it by democratic standards. >> let's finish. we don't want to have a debate her let me just finish. governor romney laid down a series of positions and you and others will be following this tomorrow. so will the american people. he does have a $5 trillion tax plan, no plausible way to pay for it $2 trillion in pentagon spending, no plausible way to pay for it. he took the position that he made with the republicans saying he wouldn't accept $1 of new revenue to help solve our deficit program, even on the very wealthy. turned medicare to a voucher program. >> you know, this is -- there co
for the last few weeks. >> david axelrod is coming up. jon meacham, you look over the past 25 years, 30 years or so, and you look at the republican presidential candidates who all have strengths, they've all been remarkable men in their own way, but not good debaters. you know, republicans have held our breath through the john mccain debates and the george w. bush debates and the bob dole debates and the george h.w. debates. again, a great man, a horrific debater. you know, the famous jon lovitz line, "i can't believe i'm losing to this guy." playing michael dukakis. you really do have to go back to ronald reagan to find a republican that was in command during a presidential debate. and i predict that's going to excite the republican base in a way it hasn't been excited in a very long time. we're not used to winning debates like this. >> right. >> i'd even -- i think you're exactly right. and i'd push back even farther. he was better than nixon. and he was better than ford. so you could argue, except for president reagan, governor reagan then, it was, in fact, the strongest republican debate
't think they consciously decided to lose this debate and i don't think david axelrod is going to come out and say you know what, the president really blew it last night, although as jessica pointed out privately, certainly, there are obama allies who are happy to say that. but i do think there was a conscious decision here to be risk-averse. you had a candidate in the president who is ahead, people like him more than they like mitt romney, they believe he's on their side by a three to one margin, that he understands their problems, and there was a sense you know what, we don't want to mess with that. that's really good. we're doing well on the battleground states, we're ahead in the head-to-head polls, so let's kind of ease up here. we don't need to go on the attack. we just have to defend without being defensive and keep our position the way it is. what happened is that the mitt romney who showed up onstage, the one that president obama today said he didn recognize, is actually the mitt romney who had been debating in 20 debates in the primaries and who was very adept at fending off chal
's right. >> and now to david axelrod. david, i want to read ron fornier tonight in "national journal," "call it the curse of incumbency like many of his predecessors, president obama fell victim wednesday night to high expectations, a short fuse, and a hungry challenger." guilty as charged? >> well, look, there's no doubt he has a hungry challenger. governor romney's always been good on the attack. we saw that during the primaries. what he's not very good at is offering specifics about his plans. he tried to deny his $5 trillion tax cut. but that's what he's offered, brian. he's offered to bring down corporate rates to 25%. offered a 20% across the board income tax cut. and he has no plan to pay for it. he wants to spend $2 trillion more on defense. no plan to pay for it. he says he's going to roll back obama care and wall street reform. no plan for what he would replace it with. so all night long he was -- i give him style points. what he would be graded down on is the substance of what he was talking about. he did also double down on turning medicare into a voucher program. and i t
absolutely lost and when you saw david axelrod interviewed on another network last night, he looked as if the president had been kidnapped in some way. and he wouldn't answer the question about whether the president had done a good job, whether he would do it differently next time. but he looked like he was in absolute shock. here is the lesson. people want to be trusting their president. people want to have confidence. they want to like their president. the other take away is we've seen a president who has been shielded, who has been protected, who has been in the could coon of the -- cocoon of the main stream media, running for president for a year, president for four years and when he had an opportunity to shine, he didn't shine and the lack of knowledge and specifics was disturbing in a lot of ways. forget about the ideology. that's our president. is that the best our president can do, whether you're for mitt romney or barak obama? it was stunningly embarrassing. >> steve: it was. i think bill clinton bailed the president out of the dnc about 15 minutes in last night, i think he
. just a thought. >> david axelrod said today that they made a strategic decision they weren't going to fact check mitt romney. mitt romney's entire campaign is based on mendacity. their convention was themed on a lie. might i submit to you that fact checking him might be the right way to go. >> i hate the word like to enter the discussion but so many things had nothing to do with mitt romney's reality. the president had opportunity after opportunity to go after romney on his policies, but he wasn't taking the bait. here are some issues he could have pounced on romney for. let's watch. >> i will not reduce the taxes paid by high income americans. with regards to young people coming along, i have got proposals to make sure medicare and social security are there for them without any question. number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. we've had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8%. if i'm president, i will create -- help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes. >> governor, i don't know how he got away with it. i don't know why the pr
david axelrod said on msnbc this morning and another democrat reacting to it. >> the president's never satisfied with his performance. he's always challenging himself and he will this. he'll review it and if he wants to make some changes in the next debate, he'll do so. what he was satisfied with is that he went and he told the american people the truth and i think he's fairly well convinced that governor romney didn't meet that standard. >> i don't think the president took him very seriously and he should have and for a large part, the president just looked bored and wanted to get this darn thing over with. >> bret: congressman rangel agreeing with the judge there. >> you're right. the campaign, they knew he lost. that's why they weren't coming out in force to spin for him because i was told by someone that many were inconsolable. because the strategy was to play it safe. let romney attack them. they think that only benefits romney if they get in a fight. the president needs to stay above the fray and that was the plan. the problem is the president played it too safe. and then in addi
still feel after the president's lackluster performance, at least david axelrod has an explanation of sorts. here is a clip from a post debate conference call he did yesterday. here is axelrod, the president's communications expert explaining his behavior wednesday night. let's listen. >> he made a choice last night to answer the questions that were asked and to talk to the american people about what we need to do to move forward and not to get into serial fact checking with governor romney, which can be been exhausting, never-ending pursuit, but obviously moving forward, you know, we're going to take a hard look at this. >> you have to say something, i guess. joining me is democrat strategist steve mchahn and republican strategist mark mckinnen. i'm going to start with you, mark, because i was impressed with mr. romney's way of presenting himself. he was like an actor who came on playing a bigger role than he normally guy like a big guy, "master and commander" russell crowe. he grew when he came on stage and he stayed in character as if he wanted to do a couple more hours of it. s
. and interestingly the one i listened to most carefully, david axelrod, a former reporter that knows he has to make tactical concessions to maintain his credibility with the press core. he said, look, we knew this was going to be a close race. we knew the challenger always benefits from the first debate. we knew romney would be a well-prepared debater, having practiced having done 20 or 25 debates. i thought it was interesting that axelrod saidal that. the consensus in this room from all sides is what you guys have been saying on the air which is that there were lots of missed opportunities for the president. romney was -- has said for months, many months, wait until i get on the stage with the president. wait until i get to confront him and deal with him face-to-face without the shell of the campaign. without the advertising and so on. and mitt romney delivered in that sense. did he stick to all the facts? no. ezra klein will he explain that? yes. in terms of debate tactics. romney was on the offensive most of the. the president did very well on medicare but for the rest of it -- and obama care, t
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